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Published September 13th 2018
Get some fabulous ideas from these open gardens
There are many areas that have open gardens once a year and there are also gardens that are open all year round and are free.
This is a list of both of these so you can choose which ones interest you and which ones you will go to this year.
FREE ENTRY Kings Park and Botanic Garden
This one has to be first on the list as it is so large, beautiful and right on the doorstep for Perth visitors and locals. It is also the largest city centre parkland and a favourite destination for panoramic views of Perth, self-guided bush-walks, picnics and cafes. All in all, there are 17 hectares in the WA Botanic Gardens.
These two gardens are situated at 20 and 22 Gardiner St, East Perth and will be open Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Double Delight consists of two lovely water-wise gardens close to the CBD. The gardens have mature gums and other shade trees. There are waterfalls and a pond connected to one of the gardens with a quaint wooden bridge. There are many native plants, and more in these two rustic gardens.
This garden will be open on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is situated at 3 Ashmore Ave, Canning Vale.
This open garden is described as "a gardener's dream". It has colourful roses, fuchsias and camellias. It is on half an acre and is a garden of mixed plants from cottage garden plants through to fruit trees.
They will have well-known radio personality, Sabrina Hahn giving a talk at 1.00 pm, and will also have plant and art sales.
This will be open from 20th to 21st October, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. It is situated at 9 Atoifi Gardens, Helena Valley.
They have some lovely spring flowers with bright colours and winding paths. It has stained glass, recycled material and a large range of shrubs and trees. With rock ponds, creeks, and brickwork forming the structure of this garden, this is an exquisite garden!
Gray Gardens will be open on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, from 10.00 am to 4:00 pm. They are at 22 McGlew Rd, Glen Forrest.
This is a half acre garden which has various areas that join by winding paths, steps and gateways. The garden has English, Mediterranean, tropical and Australian natives, as well as rare drought-resistant plants.
Leslies Garden at 655 Fagan St, Sawyers Valley - Leslie's garden is a stunning 2 hectares full of colour, ornamental trees, shrubs, roses, camellias, poppies, native plants and more. There will also be plants sales, and honey and bee products from Faye Smith.
Pipe Dreams at 5385 Ash Road, Chidlow - have a rose-covered arch at the entrance and to the vegetable patch. This garden is a gardener's delight with shade trees, David Austin roses, salvias, succulents, and cottage style annuals.
This will be on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, from 10.00 am to 4:00 pm. It is situated at 17 Paris Way, Karrinyup.
This is a permaculture garden where recycling has been the theme in this quirky garden. They have fascinating recycled objects featuring a washing machine fire pit and an arbour made from tree boughs. There are fruiting grapevines and native plants, with a hidden frog pond.
Entry for the last two gardens is $10 for 2 gardens, $6 single garden, and children under 18 enter free.
Josh Byrne's Garden
This will be on Sunday 25th November, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is situated at 18 Grigg Place, Hilton.
Josh is, of course, well known from the ABC television show Gardening Australia. This water-wise garden is a good opportunity to see Josh's sustainable ideas in practice. This is a garden not to be missed! There will also be talks by Josh.